The Scouts of the World Singapore Base concluded its 13th Scouts of the World Discovery Workshop with 19 local Scouts and 1 Hong Kong Scout from 17 to 19 March 2017. In addition, the team hosted 2 observers from National Scout Organization of Thailand and Korea Scout Association for learning exchange.
The module ‘Tapped into Citizenship’ was introduced in the workshop to examine an individual’s ability to effect change. The activity prompted participants to reflect on their behaviour and challenged them to utilise their personal power to make positive changes in their own ways.
The module also prepared participants for the following day’s exploration in one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhood – Toa Payoh, a residential area with a large elderly population. Participants assumed a new identity of their choice to explore the neighbourhood in pairs.
In addition, participants were also challenged to step out of their comfort zone and complete tasks that they do not normally do. In retrospect, participants took the opportunity to explore the neighbourhood through the eyes of the underprivileged members of society and discover some of the difficulties faced by them.
The workshop saw the continuation of partnership with Waterways Watch Society to bring participants to Marina Reservoir for river kayak clean-up. The objective of this environment field trip is to educate participants on the impact of litters on the health of water bodies and wildlife found in the river.
Coincidentally, the participants were treated to a surprise visit by a family of otters who came to the river to fish, a sign that the waterways were becoming cleaner. This chance meeting not only amplify the importance of maintaining a clean river but also give inspiration to volunteers who seek to make a positive impact.
The workshop closed with the presentation of the Scouts of the World Award to 5 Scouts who participated in the Scouts of the World Voluntary Service ‘Project Orion VII’ in 2016. And it is with anticipation to see participants who completed their Scouts of the World Discovery Workshop have their chance at receiving the award in the following year.
“I do not have the resources, but I have the ability to do something.”
-13th SWA Discovery Workshop Participant